Stay cool with history on July 4!
We will have hands-on family activities at our annual July 4th celebration in Washington, DC. Inside the National Archives Building, visitors can join us for storytime and crafts in the Boeing Learning Center from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Abigail and John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Ned Hector, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington (portrayed by historical reenactors) will be meeting guests from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
It’s fun! It’s free!
Our July 4 celebration is free and fun for the whole family!
The program starts at 10 a.m. with a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence and finishes at 11 a.m.
Then enjoy our family activities from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. inside the air-conditioned National Archives Building before the parade and concert on the National Mall.
Inside the National Archives Building, Boeing Learning Center
11 a.m.–4 p.m.
- Take part in hands-on family activities, including storytime and crafts.
- ·Between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., meet Revolutionary figures: Abigail and John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Ned Hector, Thomas Jefferson, and George Washington.
We’re getting ready for our Independence Day celebration on the steps of the National Archives Building in Washington, DC!
We’ll be posting “Four Photos for the Fourth” every few days until the big event.
Our first set of four photos features past Independence Day celebrations, including a previous July 4 here at the National Archives.
Join us on July 4! The National Archives will be celebrating the Independence Day with a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, special musical guests, and fun family activities.
The Pied Piper Of the Potomac, 06/26/1920
It’s the first week of summer vacation here in Washington, and Clifford Berryman’s “Mister D.C.” plays the Pied Piper as a part of a campaign to get city children out into fresh air.
How did you spend summer vacation? Outside? At the pool? In a book? Sleepaway camp? Or 10 weeks in front of the Atari?
Today in history — FDR Approves the National Archives Act
Photo: An image of the construction of the National Archives Building is from June 1934, the month that President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed into law the National Archives Act.
Happy Birthday to Us!
Franklin D. Roosevelt, W. Wilson, Josephus Daniels, and William Jennings Bryan in Washington, DC, 06/14/1913
Then-Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin Roosevelt shares the stage 100 years ago with President Woodrow Wilson, Secretary of State William Jennings Bryan, and Secretary of the Navy Josephus Daniels.
Washington suffered through many typhoid outbreaks between 1905 and 1909. Sanitation and water systems were frequently overwhelmed. As the “DC inspector” in the cartoon prepares to cite one unlucky citizen for his trash, he assures them that the decrepit municipally-owned property in the background is “immune.”
Untitled, 05/29/1907. From the Clifford Berryman Political Cartoon Collection
The National Archives is part of Blue Star Museums 2013!
First launched in the summer of 2010, Blue Star Museums offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day, May 27, through Labor Day, September 2, 2013.
At the National Archives in DC, military personnel with ID and their families can always enter through the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue and 7th St. (Admission is always free!)
And some of our Presidential Libraries will be participating in the Blue Star free admission program, so check before you visit!
This is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card, or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card, which includes active duty U.S. military (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, as well as members of the National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps) and up to five family members.
We’re participating with Blue Star Museums 2013 in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, and the Department of Defense.
Happy DC Emancipation Day!
DC Emancipation Act (by usnationalarchives)
Predating the Emancipation Proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the District of Columbia Emancipation Act on April 16, 1862, freeing enslaved persons in Washington, DC and ending “the national shame” of slavery in the nation’s capital. Unlike the later terms of the Emancipation Proclamation, slave owners in DC were compensated by the U.S. Treasury Department.
In this Inside the Vaults video short, Documentary Archivist Damani Davis discusses the petitions filed by owners and slaves under the Act and the details they reveal about the enslaved African-American community at the time. Archivist Robert Ellis explains how the process worked.
Learn more about the DC Emancipation Act and the journey to Emancipation in the new free eBook from the National Archives: The Meaning and Making of Emancipation, in ePub, iBook and Scribd formats.
The Jefferson Memorial, as it appeared 40 years ago. The memorial to the third President was dedicated 70 years ago today, on April 13, 1943.
JEFFERSON MEMORIAL (FOREGROUND) TO CAPITOL, LOOKING EAST, 05/1973
From the DOCUMERICA series, a program sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency to photographically document subjects of environmental concern in America during the 1970s.
Find more images from DOCUMERICA at “Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project,” now open at the National Archives in Washington, DC.
Seventy years ago today on April 13, 1943, the Jefferson Memorial was dedicated in Washington, DC, on the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson’s birth (4/13/1743).
President Franklin D. Roosevelt threw out the first pitch at a game between the Washington Senators and the Boston Red Sox at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C., on April 24, 1934.
Discover more baseball stories in our new, free eBook, Baseball: The National Pastime in the National Archives. Download it for free on our eBooks page or on iTunes.
You can also learn more about the history of Presidents and baseball on the Prologue blog and at the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum.